Jean Sergent

Jean Sergent is an actress and writer based in Wellington.

Books
Jul 24, 2019

Review: Jeanette Winterson's exhilarating feminist reboot of Frankenstein

Jean Sergent reviews Jeanette Winterson's latest novel, a reworking of Mary Shelley's classic – and of Shelley herself.

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Business
May 22, 2019

The 'fatshion' label making ethical clothes for fat people

Most labels for bigger people aren't plus-size enough and the larger price tags that go them are "bullshit", a new Wellington business owner says.

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Television
May 21, 2019

Review: Who Killed Lucy The Poodle? is a classic New Zealand gothic yarn

A lion escapes from the zoo and kills a Rotorua poodle. Weird story, but how did it actually happen?

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Television
May 5, 2019

Review: The Case Against Adnan Syed gives the Serial story a feminist slant

Adnan Syed's story didn't end after the blockbuster Serial podcast. Jean Sergent reviews Amy Berg's The Case Against Adnan Syed, now streaming on TVNZ OnDemand.

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Books
Apr 16, 2019

New in Ripperology: a biography honours five women killed in Whitechapel

New in Ripperology: a revolutionary biography remembers – and redeems – five women killed in Whitechapel.

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Television
Apr 3, 2019

A mother of a time: The Act is true crime at its best

A real-life mother-daughter twisted true crime story makes it way to Lightbox tomorrow in The Act. Jean Sergent reviews the television event of the season.

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Television
Feb 4, 2019

From crime reality to crime fiction: The strange case of the Anne Perry film

Anne Perry: Interiors, currently streaming on TVNZ on Demand, looks into the famous New Zealander's life after moving to Scotland. But how much can we learn when Perry herself seems incapable of true self-reflection?

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Television
Oct 4, 2018

The brilliant horror series hiding inside Criminal Minds

The somewhat inexplicable 14th (!) season of Criminal Minds starts tonight on TVNZ. To celebrate, super-fan Jean Sergent reveals the cult classic series hidden within the long-running procedural.

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Television
Sep 14, 2018

The rampant transphobia of Mrs. Brown’s Boys

Inexplicable blockbuster sitcom Mrs. Brown's Boys returns to TVNZ tonight. Jean Sergent writes about the show's transphobia, and we as a culture need to do better.

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Television
Jul 4, 2018

Murder has never been more delightful than on Father Brown

Jam and Jerusalem. Bells and Smells. Tea and Cakes. Murder and Intrigue. Four of the classic double acts. And they all come together in the delightful investigation series Father Brown, five glorious seasons of which are available for your leisurely winter viewing on Lightbox.

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Television
Jun 6, 2018

All rise: in praise of Judge Judy, the original boss bitch

Feminist icon, daytime TV judge, baloney-screamer: Judge Judith Scheindlin is the true queen of reality TV.

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Television
Jul 7, 2017

Is there nothing that an episode of Sherlock can’t fix?

Sherlock fan Jean Sergeant reflects on the place of Holmes and Watson in her own life, through grieving and pad thai nights.

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